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ICAP – PWR – HEAR – Endorsed diploma – Grad guidelines – PARCC – ASSET – Remedial policy – ASCENT – ISR – CAP4Kids – College admissions standards – Common Core – CAS. Why you care …. . A quick review – back to 2008. Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids:

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ICAP – PWR – HEAR – Endorsed diploma – Grad guidelines – PARCC – ASSET – Remedial policy – ASCENT – ISR – CAP4Kids – College admissions standards – Common Core – CAS

a quick review back to 2008
A quick review – back to 2008

Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids:

  • 2008 law that Matt Gianneschi helped write (he’s the DHE deputy executive director)
  • Called for standards (Common Core & more)
  • Called for tests (PARCC) aligned to standards
  • Called for the adoption of school readiness assessments and a state definition of postsecondary and workforce readiness (PWR)
cas common core state standards
CAS & Common Core State Standards
  • 2009 – State Board of Education adopts Colorado Academic Standards in 10 content areas and English language proficiency
  • 2010 – State board adopts Common Core in math, reading, writing and communicating
  • Analysis found 95% alignment between CAS and Common Core
  • 46 states & D.C. have adopted the Common Core standards in math and language arts
example of cas common core
Example of CAS & Common Core
  • 9th-grade, oral expression and listening
csap tcap parcc

PARCC = Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

  • PARCC is a consortium of 22 states, including Colorado, working to develop a common set of grades 3-11 assessments in English and math
  • PARCC tests, which may be called something else, will take the place of the annual CSAP/TCAP exams in reading, writing and math in spring 2015
parcc college readiness
PARCC & College Readiness
  • New use of state tests; CSAP/TCAP not used for either college admissions or remedial placement
  • (Proposed) State colleges and universities will begin using 11th-grade PARCC results as one factor in college admissions
  • (Proposed) State colleges and universities will use 11th-grade PARCC results as one factor in deciding whether a student needs remediation
  • Decision expected by CCHE in December 2013
pwr bringing it all together
PWR: Bringing it all together

PWR = Postsecondary and workforce readiness

  • The goal of CAP4K is to align education from preschool to postsecondary
  • Colorado K-12 and higher ed governing bodies agreed on description of PWR in 2009
  • The description is detailed, yet difficult to measure:
    • Example: Literacy – Graduates should be able to use logic and rhetoric to analyze and critique ideas
next step pwr endorsed diplomas
Next step: PWR endorsed diplomas
  • Description of PWR led to diploma criteria:
    • Complete HEAR or prove remediation is not needed
    • Complete ICAP
    • Demonstrate 21st Century Skills by completing volunteer work, internship/employment and extracurricular activities
    • Show mastery in at least three academic subjects. (Ex. Math – GPA of 3.0 or better in four qualifying classes plus achieving certain score on state or other tests
what pwr endorsed diploma means
What PWR endorsed diploma means
  • Intended to identify student excellence over and above standard high school diploma
  • Expected to mean automatic admission to most Colorado colleges and universities
  • Piloted in Aurora, Sterling school districts in 2012-13
  • Voluntary use by all districts expected in 2014-15
still to come
Still to come …

Graduation guidelines

  • Vote by State Board of Education this week
  • Proposed to start with 6th-graders in fall 2014

Revised college admissions standards and remedial education policy

  • Vote by CCHE in Dec 2013
  • Proposed to start with 9th-graders in fall 2014
graduation guidelines
Graduation guidelines
  • 2007 law requires the setting of graduation guidelines local districts must meet or exceed
  • Recommended guidelines are essentially a series of cut scores for various tests – i.e., 18 in English and 19 in math on the ACT
  • Cut scores are based on what’s required for entering college without needing remediation, what’s considered proficient on state exams, etc.
  • Concerns expressed by various groups
college admissions policy review
College admissions policy review
  • State law requires review of DHE policies
  • Proposed admissions changes:
    • eliminate the admissions index, based on grade point average or class rank and ACT/SAT score
    • emphasize demonstrations of competency, such as HEAR or concurrent enrollment, instead
    • add PARCC results as a factor in admissions
remedial education policy review
Remedial education policy review
  • Proposed remedial policy changes
    • differentiated cut scores for math remediation based on chosen field of study
    • use of PARCC, Compass and Smarter Balanced, in addition to ACT, SAT and Accuplacer, to determine placement
    • review of current cut scores and subsequent achievement
  • Town halls now gathering feedback
cccs remedial education changes
CCCS remedial education changes
  • Colorado Community College Board approved major changes to remedial education in Feb
  • Goal is through remediation in one semester or less
  • New formats include brief refresher courses, “support” classes, STEM and non-STEM math remedial requirements
  • Implementation complete by fall 2014
handy timeline for reference
Handy timeline for reference
  • 2013 (May) – Graduation guidelines adopted
  • 2013 (Nov) – Ballot measure to boost K-12 school funding
  • 2013 (Dec) – Admission and remedial policy changes to be adopted
  • 2013-14 – Implementation of new standards; statewide implementation of S.B 191 educator evaluations begins
  • 2014-15 – New 12th-grade state science and social studies tests begin in fall 2014 while new PARCC assessments begin in spring 2015 for grades 3-11; community college remedial changes in place; all districts may participate in endorsed diplomas (proposed); new educator evaluations continue with ineffective ratings counting towards loss of non-probationary status
  • 2018-21 – Graduating seniors must meet new graduation guidelines and new college admissions and remedial policies (proposed)
etc questions
Etc. & questions
  • 11th-grade ACT is not going away – yet
  • Accuplacer stays – for now
  • What would you like to know more about?